web analytics

Open mike 24/04/2011

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 24th, 2011 - 52 comments
Categories: open mike - Tags:

Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose.

The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the link to Policy in the banner).

Step right up to the mike…

52 comments on “Open mike 24/04/2011 ”

  1. Carol 1

    Oh FFS!  Now Key wants the Queen to come to NZ for the Rugby World Cup, and is asking for Labour’s agreement


    Please Labour DO NOT AGREE!  The protocol is there for a reason!  And Key’s a manipulative conman to try to pull this one!

    We should be moving away from royalism, and not taking a step back towards forelock-tugging awe of aristrocratic privilege.  Key is just trying to promote yet more pomp, ceremony & circusses to take the focus of the poor state of the economy & his whittling away of our democratic rights.

    Take a stong stand on this Labour and don’t be sucked into the threat of negative publicity – show what you stand for…. Democratic process, working for the Kiwi battlers in these difficult times!

    And FFS, Mr Key, stop trying to run the country like a corporation, where marketing and PR spin over-rides democracy!  Start being a proper PM, govern for all the people, support democracy & NZ sovereignty, and start to work for those doing it tough these days.

    • Tigger 1.1

      Totally agree Carol. Why on earth would we want her here then? There is no reason for it.

      Kia kaha Labour. Just say no to Liz.

      • We should tell the whole shabang to sling their hooks including the Governers -General. Then we should return to a honours list relevent to Aotearoa which the last Labour government was gradually bringing,in  until sabotaged by the Royalist Key,

        • Jim Nald

          hey carol
          looks like winnie is on to it
          england’s lizzy thing fast becoming donkey’s plaything

          • Carol

            Thanks, Jim.  Cool!

            Mr Peters said the very idea was a tasteless attempt to embroil our Head of State in domestic politics. It was devoid of any historic or legal understanding of New Zealand’s constitutional position.
            “The Queen and her family are very welcome in New Zealand – except during an election campaign because such a visit would imply Royal support for the political party in government at the time.

            “It is clear the National Party does not want to campaign on issues such as asset sales, low wages, the cost of living and privatising the foreshore and seabed. John Key’s big tax payer funded public relations team just wants to continue with the tactics of political platitudes and photo opportunities.
            “This latest suggestion is even sillier than the Prime Minister’s view that Prince William, second in line to the throne, would visit as a ‘private citizen’ at the Cup.
            “I am confident of the Royal family’s awareness of its responsibilities and saddened by the image of New Zealand that the Prime Minister has so tactlessly painted of us.
            “It is also a constitutional and diplomatic blunder by the invitation appearing in the media before the Queen has even heard of it.
            “How undignified must we seem to other Commonwealth nations?

            I agree with all of this. Well, except that Winston sounds like more of a royalist than me.

            • Jim Nald

              If your representative does not represent your view,
              there is an option to communicate directly with QEII
              Contact details as from websource:
              Her Majesty The Queen
              Buckingham Palace
              London SW1A 1AA
              General enquiries can be made by telephone during working hours: (+44) (0)20 7930 4832.
              Is there any petition currently circulating about the ill-advised nature of setting aside the protocol?

            • Draco T Bastard

              The Queen and her family are very welcome in New Zealand – except during an election campaign because such a visit would imply Royal support for the political party in government at the time.

              So, how would we do it when we become a republic? Send the HoS away for a few weeks holiday on the other side of the world?

              • Carol

                I was puzzled for a minute, pondering on the impact of sending the Herald on Sunday overseas during an NZ election campaign.
                Then the penny dropped:  Head of State.  The same as we do with the Governor General, i should think. They, and a head of a republican NZ, would be living in NZ, without any of the hoohah, razzmatazz and extra photo ops that happen when a Brit based royal makes a short visit to NZ.

                • Jim Nald

                  two key photo-ops coming up:
                  tomorrow’s Anzac Day
                  the wedding later this week
                  this is a good week, a very good week, a very good week it is

    • Lanthanide 1.2

      Hopefully some in the broader public will see this as desperation by Key. Anything for a photo-op, like misusing military equipment.

      Why would the Queen be interested in seeing a rugby game anyway? Seems like a pretty flimsy pretence.

    • Bored 2.1

      Bruv, Tamihere makes a bold statement. Do you agree with his assertion that the market is a crock of proverbial, that globalisation has wrecked our manufacturing base and increased our reliance on agriculture? If you did not read that bit read again.

      • Tiger Mountain 2.1.1

        The Natz are surely ‘more’ irrelevant taking Bored’s point. Labour has recanted, while the tories are full steam ahead on these failed policies. 

        Sure Tamihere soothes your fevered nights Bruver but for anyone with some commitment to the 21st century he is just a paid per word columnist filling space these days.

        • McFlock

          Which specific bits did Labour “recant”?
          All I heard was a sort of ‘things were done which were regrettable’ non-pology.

      • Colonial Viper 2.1.2

        Surely you jest Bored, bruv picked out from whole paragraphs the individual sentences and words which appealed, the rest he dismissed as tripe.

    • Carol 2.2

      Natz, run by a cabal of heterosexual white men in the interests of a powerful minority, the international wealthy elite.

  2. The Voice of Reason 3

    Quite an interesting poll, but seems to seriously underrate Labour. However, the gap between leftish and right is bugger all and that’s the numbers that count.

    • PeteG 3.1

      I can only add up to 86% in the poll, but I think it includes undecideds. There are still some odd numbers, including NZF on 7.4%, Act on 3.7% are at odds with other recent polls.

      • The Voice of Reason 3.1.1

        In a funny way, it does seem to mirror a more likely election result, with both Labour and National giving up support to the minors, which does tend to happen on polling day. ACT would probably be pleased with the result because it puts more pressure on the Nats to tank in Epsom, because on these numbers the outright Tory win is not a runner.
        I think the NZF 7.4% is probably on the money, given Winston’s positive press coverage in the last couple of months.

        • PeteG

          In a funny way I agree, it does look more realistic for how things may turn out unless there is some major change.
          In particular I think a Brash Act would make it harder for National to maintain their current margin, which I expect will close up regardless of Brash.

    • Lanthanide 3.2

      I think the greens at 9.9% is pretty odd, though. And showing NZF at 7.7% at the moment seems unlikely, given what all the other polls show. I don’t think they’ll even muster that at the general election, maybe 6% at the outside top end.

      But yes, it’s left vs right bloc that’s more important, and from these horizon polls, probably the only thing broad enough to really have much confidence in.

  3. rd 4

    What is happening at IRD. I want to do my tax return before heading overseas. This is the message i get.

    We’re finalising your income tax details. Check back after 15 May 2011.

    Is that timing normal?

    • PeteG 4.1

      I don’t know if it’s normal, but the same thing happened to me when I tried to do my tax last week. I’m usually a tax procrastinator and running late, so haven’t encountered it before.
      They do have to allow time for all of the IR Filing from employers and investment companies etc so I’m not surprised.

    • Campbell Larsen 4.2

      Could be nothing to worry about – or the IRD might just be busy using their new data matching powers granted after the quake to try and catch people out – I know the govt promised us that wouldn’t happen and only people affected by the quake would have their records assessed so they could receive ‘support’ but really now, how are we ever going to know?

      • Herodotus 4.2.1

        This time last year I logged onto the IRD site to requet all my families income statements- I was told to wait for 2 months (i think I had to wait until July 2010 for the Mar 2010 year)
        Also it takes time for employers to reconcile and file their returns.

    • Lanthanide 4.3

      It is normal. For ‘average’ people who don’t need to declare additional income etc, the tax refunds only get processed in July and August. For other people who need to declare income, they can get processed in June or July. Sucks that there’s such a lag after 31st of March, but it’s been this way for years.

  4. Campbell Larsen 5

    What has Jane Diplock been up to? Working on some pretty esoteric stuff apparently – this from the Herald today

    ‘The final report from the IOSCO conference shows it’s been busy updating principles and working on reports. I’m looking forward to reading “Principles for Dark Liquidity”, which, mysteriously, will “be published in due course”.’

    Ha Ha Ha – Mirth – ‘Principles for Dark Liquidity’ – presumably the name for the vast, yet invisible concentrations of wealth that perturb the distribution of opportunity and equality across the known universe…While econo-astrologers do not yet agree on the mechanism by which it interacts with actual people, products and services all agree that its effect is significant and that its existence is both implied and necessary if we are to make any sense of the other constellations of cash (or lack thereof) that populate the solar system.

  5. joe90 6

    What really happened.

    How climate science became the target of “the best-funded, best-organized smear campaign by the wealthiest industry that the Earth has ever known.”

    single page.

  6. Zorr 7


    Scary parallels to our own current round of doing away with democracy…

    • Draco T Bastard 7.1

      Looks just like what NACT did to ECan.

      • joe90 7.1.1

        The levels the arseholes have descended too, unbelievable

        Under a new budget proposal from State Sen. Bruce Casswell, children in the state’s foster care system would be allowed to purchase clothing only in used clothing stores.

        • Vicky32

          children in the state’s foster care system would be allowed to purchase clothing only in used clothing stores.

          Oh my giddy aunt! How completely insane.

  7. Adrian 8

    Carol, “Nats run by hetero white men…”. The Nats have got more hypocritical scaredy cats in the closet than Labour has out of it !.  Including quite a few faux married ones, and not only the obvious ones.

  8. Salsy 9

    Wow you know the right are desperate when Whaleoil has to start citing Kerre Woodham of all realiable sources..

    Sim­i­larly with Key’s deci­sion to use a heli­copter to fly between Hamil­ton and Auck­land to ful­fil his oblig­a­tions. They weren’t urgent oblig­a­tions and with a bit of for­ward plan­ning he could prob­a­bly have been dri­ven — but Labour’s bol­lock­ing of his deci­sion to fly has backfired.

    Er no it hasnt Kerre. In fact its gathered momentum and no comparison of Helen Clark on official business, not photo-ops will make any difference..

  9. M 10

    But after more than 20 years of wheat self-sufficiency, the Saudis announced in January 2008 that this aquifer was largely depleted and they would be phasing out wheat production. Between 2007 and 2010, the harvest of nearly 3m tonnes dropped by more than two-thirds. At this rate the Saudis could harvest their last wheat crop in 2012 and then be totally dependent on imported grain to feed their population of nearly 30 million.


    • Draco T Bastard 10.1

      Water has been heating up as a major resource war for some time. Especially in the areas that have little rainfall.

      • Colonial Viper 10.1.1

        NZ must be prepared to go to all lengths protect our fresh water.
        Given what is happening with dairying around the country, we are (literally) doing a shit job so far.

  10. gobsmacked 11

    Anyone watch Paula Bennett on TV One?

    A National cabinet minister suddenly discovers reality for poor people … it just shows how out of touch (and out of her depth) she is.

    Check out the feedback on Twitter – not good publicity for Paula!

    • felix 11.1

      For those who don’t know how to check that, click here:

    • Campbell Larsen 11.2

      ….the sorry spectacle of mean bitch Bennett desperately bending over backwards to try and portray herself as generous ‘I wanted to give them extra biscuits but I got told off’ – PUKE – PUKE – DOUBLE PUKE –

      • ianmac 11.2.1

        Of course Trevor is to come later weeding Asparagus. Wonder if it was recorded before his breakage? And Bridges with SPCA, Shane Jones fisherman, Nikki Kaye dairy farmer, Rodney Hide ???? special needs teacher aide. I expect the commentary will be given a hiding or a hug depending on who you back.
        Thought Paula worrying about her appearance and wondering about the door opening was a give-way!

        • Olwyn

          The concept leaves me uneasy since it seems to promote the idea of politicians as celebrity-executives. How long before we have them cooking competitively and playing survivor?

        • Vicky32

          Who on earth ever came up with the idea of letting Rodney Hide anywhere near children, let alone those with special needs?
          That was my job back in 2001, and it’s a specialised one. I will lay odd that Hide hasn’t got the training, so why is he being allowed to do it?

    • M 11.3

      It’s rare that I’ve seen a more cynical manipulation of the media with Bennett donning an apron and acting as a Fran Drescheresque server – gag me!

      What, this woman thinks that because she puts on an apron, gingers up some guacamole and shouts a few hot drinks that it’s then OK to go back to parliament and maintain the thumb screw approach to beneficiaries?

      The icing on the cake: the crocodile tears and the request for a hug from those whom her policies are designed to consign to an ever more bitter future to make her feel better about herself. I reckon they’ll be feeling excrutiating pain after NACT’s ministrations on 19 May.

      Paula Bennett you are a complete disgrace to New Zealand and your fellow citizens with your utter pretence at having some heart. 

  11. Colonial Viper 12

    David Cameron “very relaxed” about helping friends’ children.

    It follows yesterday’s public spat between Cameron and Clegg over internships which centred on comments made in an interview in which the prime minister admitted to recently giving work experience to a neighbour’s son. Cameron said he was “very relaxed” about the situation and that he would continue to help friends by offering their children internships.

    Gawdammit, the Tories really use Crosby Textor as well.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Arts and heritage venues get helping hand
    A new round of funding to support capital projects will help keep our arts and heritage sector alive and vibrant, Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Kiri Allan announced today.  “Communities work hard to raise funds for arts, culture and heritage related capital projects as they add significant value ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Foreign Ministers welcome opening of New Zealand High Commission in Colombo
    New Zealand and Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministers, Nanaia Mahuta and Dinesh Gunawardena, have welcomed the opening of the New Zealand High Commission in Colombo next week. The Foreign Ministers, who met virtually yesterday, spoke about the opening of the High Commission as a major milestone in the bilateral relationship. Both ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • New Zealand to increase NZDF commitment to the United Nations Command, Republic of Korea
      The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) will deploy three additional personnel to the Republic of Korea, increasing the size of its contribution to the United Nations Command and its Military Armistice Commission from nine to 12 personnel. “Increasing the size of our deployment to the Republic of Korea ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Wages up, unemployment down
    The Government’s efforts to secure the recovery has seen more Kiwis in jobs and higher wages, with unemployment falling to pre-COVID levels and more people in work. Stats NZ figures show unemployment rate fell to 4 percent in the June quarter from 4.6 percent in the March quarter, the lowest ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Poroporoaki: Dr Kihi Ngatai OSM
    Mauao tiketike tūmokemoke mai ana ra koe, papakitia ana e ngā tai kawenga roimata o te motu. E Ngāti Ranginui, mo tō manuhuia kua tīkapea i te rangi. E Ngai Te Rangi, mo tō manutaki kua riro i te hau o Aitū kikini, E Ngāti Pukenga mo tō manutaiko, kua ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Government support screen industry with funding for sound stages in West Auckland
    Auckland Film Studios in West Auckland has received funding for a major expansion through the Government’s Infrastructure Reference Group’s (IRG) COVID-19 Response Fund. The Government is investing $30 million of a total $35 million project to construct two 2,000sqm sound stages and development of further workshops and offices, to expand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Protecting unique land for generation next
    The Government is boosting legal protection for critically important natural habitats on private land, Minister of Conservation Kiri Allan says. “An $8 million investment over four years will see Queen Elizabeth II National Trust Ngā Kairauhī Papa (QEII) work with government agencies, councils and others to provide legal protection of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand’s support for Fiji’s COVID-19 response continues with vaccine delivery, operational ...
    Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta has announced further support for Fiji, including funding support for nursing staff and 100,000 doses of vaccines due to arrive in country today. “Our thoughts remain with Fiji during this incredibly challenging period,” Nanaia Mahuta said. “New Zealand has funded 100,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Poroporoaki: Dr Hōhepa (Joe) Mason
    Ko koe tēnā e te hurumanu e Hōhepa, te tōwenetanga a te iti, te māpihi herenga mahara o te tini, ka tauawhi tonuhia koe e to iwi ki te uma pupuri ai. Me pēhea he kupu kia koutou kua puta i nga ākinga a nga tau kua hori, kua waia ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Finance Minister and RBNZ Governor agree to update MOU on macro-prudential policy
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr have updated the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on macro-prudential policy to further protect the financial system and support the Government’s housing objectives. “This change will ensure that the Reserve Bank has the flexibility to respond to emerging financial stability risks ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government commits further assistance for drought and flood-affected rural communities
    Farmers and growers affected by this year’s drought or floods in Marlborough, Tasman, West Coat, Canterbury, Otago and the Chatham Islands will have access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPs) from today, Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni has announced. “The Government is committed to easing the financial pressures on ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Cook Islands youth lead Language Week
    The Cook Islands Language Week theme for 2021 highlights the vital role language plays in maintaining young people’s links to their Pacific home, said Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio.  “The Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani – Cook Islands Language Week – theme is ‘Ātuitui’ia au ki ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government offers formal apology for Dawn Raids
    A formal and unreserved apology for the Dawn Raids The Government will offer education scholarships as part of the apology Manaaki New Zealand Short Term Scholarship Training courses Support Pacific artists and historians to develop a comprehensive written and oral account of the Dawn Raids Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech to Dawn Raids Apology
    Tēnā koutou katoa, Kia orana kotou katoatoa, Fakaalofa lahi atu ki mutolu oti, Tālofa nī, Mālō nī koutou, Ni sa bula vinaka, Fakatalofa atu, Noa'ia 'e mauri, Kam na mauri, Malo e lelei, Sioto'ofa, Mālō lava le lagi e mamā ma le soifua maua, Oue tulou, tulou atu, tulouna lava ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Bridging the gap – last piece of Northcote Safe Cycle Route now complete
    The opening of two bridges over Auckland’s Northern Motorway is the last link of a cycling and walking route which provides a safe, active alternative for students and commuters, Transport Minister Michael Wood said today. Michael Wood cut the ribbon for the completion of the Northcote Safe Cycle Route, at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Progress in establishment of Aged Care Commissioner
    Recruitment for an Aged Care Commissioner will start next month, to ensure greater oversight of New Zealand’s aged care sector. “This sector is responsible for supporting a large and often vulnerable population. While most people are able to access quality care, there have been cases where that care has fallen ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New record number of homes consented
    In the year ended June 2021, the actual number of new dwellings consented was 44,299, up 18 percent from the June 2020 year. In June 2021, the seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings consented rose 3.8 percent. In June 2021, 4,310 new dwellings were consented, an increase of 3.8 per ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Communities backed to tackle wilding pines
    Twelve community projects across New Zealand will receive a share of $2 million to carry out wilding pine control, Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor announced as part of Biosecurity Week. “Wilding pines are a serious problem that threaten many of the unique landscapes that New Zealanders value. Community groups and trusts ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Health Minister Andrew Little responding to the New Zealand Nurses Organisation's rejection of ...
    I was advised last night that the result of the ballot of Tōpūtanga Tapuhi Kaitiaki o Aotearoa New Zealand Nurses Organisation members have rejected the latest proposal to settle their collective agreement. Let me be clear: the proposal was one they put to the Government. The Nurses Organisation rejected their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Conversion Practices Prohibition Legislation introduced to Parliament
    Legislation has been introduced to Parliament to protect against practices intended to change or suppress someone’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Introducing the Conversion Practices Prohibition Legislation Bill, Minister of Justice, Kris Faafoi, said the measures proposed were aimed at ending conversion practices which don’t work, are widely ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New kaupapa Māori mental health and addiction services to support people in central North Island
    New mental health and addiction services rolling out across the central North Island will improve outcomes and equity for Māori, Associate Minister of Health (Māori Health) Peeni Henare says. Today the Minister met with providers of the new kaupapa Māori primary mental health and addiction service, Poutama Ora, which will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New school site for booming West Auckland
    The Government will build on a new school site in West Auckland to cope with rapid population growth in the area, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. The Ministry is working with existing local schools to determine how the 1.5-hectare site at 279 Hobsonville Point Road will be used to support ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Trans-Tasman travel window to close at midnight tomorrow
    A further 500 MIQ rooms released for managed returnees from NSW Further Government actions announced today are balanced to provide more certainty for Kiwis wanting to return from Australia, while continuing to protect New Zealand from COVID-19, acting Minister for COVID-19 Response Ayesha Verrall says. The actions were foreshadowed last ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Govt investing millions in Hawke's Bay and Tairāwhiti schools
    Napier Boys’ and Girls’ High Schools are among those set to benefit from a $16.5 million investment in the Hawke's Bay and Tairāwhiti region, Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash announced today. The Government has set aside money in Budget 2021 to accelerate five projects in Napier, Hastings, Havelock North ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Game changing Jobs for Nature investment for Northland
    Conservation Minister Kiri Allan has announced Jobs for Nature funding for a portfolio of projects that will create ‘game changing’ gains for nature and communities across Northland/Te Tai Tokerau as part of the Government’s acceleration of the economic recovery from COVID. “This portfolio of 12 projects will see over $20 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Third COVID-19 vaccine receives provisional approval
    New Zealand’s regulatory authority Medsafe has granted provisional approval of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 18 years of age and older, Acting Minister for COVID-19 Response Dr Ayesha Verrall announced today. New Zealand secured 7.6 million doses (enough for 3.8 million people) of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine through an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Bowel-cancer screening programme is saving lives
    More than 1000 New Zealanders have had bowel cancer – New Zealand’s second-most-common cause of death from cancer - detected under the Government’s National Bowel Screening Programme, Health Minister Andrew Little said today. More than 1200 New Zealanders died from bowel cancer in 2017. The screening programme aims to save ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Govt welcomes draft report on the retail grocery sector
    The Commerce Commission’s draft report into the retail grocery sector is being welcomed by Government as a major milestone. “I asked the Commerce Commission to look at whether this sector is as competitive as it could be and today it has released its draft report for consultation,” Commerce and Consumer ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Christchurch’s Youth Hub ‘set to go’ thanks to further Government funding
    Construction of New Zealand’s first, purpose-built centre for youth well-being is ready to get underway thanks to an extra $2.5 million of COVID-19 response funding, Housing Minister and Associate Minister of Finance, Megan Woods announced today.  “The Christchurch Youth Hub is about bringing together all the things young people need ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Next step to protect Milford Sound Piopiotahi
    Expert group lays out plan to better protect iconic UNESCO World Heritage site Milford Sound Piopiotahi and its surrounds Funding confirmed for dedicated unit and Establishment Board to assess the recommendations and provide oversight of the process from here Milford Opportunities Project a test case for transformational change in tourism ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Funding for projects to reduce waste from construction and demolition
    The Government has announced funding for projects in Auckland and the lower North Island to help reduce construction and demolition waste. “Construction is the main source of waste sent to landfill, and much of this could be reduced, reused and recovered,” Environment Minister David Parker said. “The Government is funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Speech at the launch of the National Hepatitis C Action Plan
    Tēnā koutou katoa. Thank you Anglesea Pharmacy and Te Manawa Taki for hosting this event. As a doctor, I saw first hand the impact of hepatitis C. I met Moana in 2019; she came to the infectious diseases outpatient clinic at Wellington Hospital having tested positive for hepatitis C. Like ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Plan to eliminate hepatitis C as a major health threat by 2030
    A plan to eliminate hepatitis C in New Zealand, reducing liver cancer and the need for liver transplants, has been released today by Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall. “Around 45,000 New Zealanders have hepatitis C, but only around half know they have it,” said Ayesha Verrall. “Symptoms often ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • School upgrades and new classrooms for West Coast, Tasman and Canterbury
    A funding injection from Budget 2021 to complete four shovel ready projects and new classrooms at six schools and kura will provide a real boost to local communities, Minister Dr Megan Woods announced today. “This Government has committed to providing quality fit for purpose learning environments and 100,000 new student ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Warmer Kiwi Homes smashes annual target
    The Government's highly successful insulation and heating programme, Warmer Kiwi Homes, is celebrating a key milestone with the completion of more than 38,000 insulation and efficient heater installs in the year to the end of June, smashing its target of 25,000 installs for the year. “The Warmer Kiwi Homes scheme ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Exemption granted for Wallabies to enter NZ
    Bledisloe Cup rugby will be played in New Zealand after the Australian rugby team received an economic exemption to enter New Zealand. Travel between Australia and New Zealand was suspended on Friday for at least eight weeks following the worsening of the COVID outbreak across the Tasman. New Zealanders have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs makes three diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced three New Zealand Head of Mission appointments. They are: Mike Walsh as Ambassador to Iran Michael Upton as Ambassador to Ethiopia and the African Union Kevin Burnett as Ambassador to Indonesia Iran “Aotearoa New Zealand has a long-standing and constructive relationship with Iran, despite a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Enhanced Task Force Green Approved for West Coast and Marlborough
    The Government has activated Enhanced Task Force Green (ETFG) in response to the West Coast and Marlborough floods, Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “To assist with the clean-up, up to $500,000 will be made available to support the recovery in Buller and Marlborough which has experienced ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Govt support for upgrade of Eden Park players facilities
    Minister for Sport and Recreation Hon Grant Robertson has announced funding to upgrade the players facilities at Eden Park ahead of upcoming Women’s World Cup events. Eden Park is a confirmed venue for the Rugby World Cup 2021, the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022, and a proposed venue for matches of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • More jobs and quicker public transport motoring towards West Auckland
    Work to improve public transport for West Aucklanders and support the region’s economic recovery by creating hundreds of jobs has officially kicked off, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today. Michael Wood and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff this morning marked the start of construction on the Northwestern Bus Improvements project. It ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago